No rights were violated in the making of this travesty of justice.

So sayeth the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Because we find no violation of a clearly established right, we need not reach the other qualified immunity question of whether a constitutional violation occurred in the first place.

That’s the money quote. But let me tell you what it is in reference to. Continue reading

And the NYPD cheered

It isn’t the sort of “wiggle room” they would have you think.

Police Warning Shots May Be In For A Comeback
Last fall, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and 10 other law enforcement groups got together to work out a consensus policy on the use of force — a sort of model document for local departments that want to update their rules. When the document came out in January, it contained a surprise: It allowed for warning shots.
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But Cunningham says the motivation for the change is to give officers a little more wiggle room when faced with a threat.

“I didn’t miss; those were just 47 warning shots.”

Someone should have watched the videos before yapping to the press

The Tulsa police shooting.

[Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby] first saw Crutcher’s tan SUV, which was parked in the middle of a two-lane roadway with the windows down. As she was peering inside the car, she turned around and saw Crutcher approaching her.

Oddly, the video shows her near the police car, not the SUV, with Crutcher between it and his SUV.

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Then, Crutcher put his hands up, without receiving instructions to do so, which she thought was strange, Wood said.

The last time the cops came up on me from behind like I certainly raised my hands. Since the video appears to show her pointing her sidearm at him, I’m not surprised he raised his hands.

She believed he was reaching into the car to retrieve a weapon.

Through that “open window?”

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For now, assuming no photoshopping, that does appear to show a closed window. Note the reflection, as well as the dark streak extending down the window and continuing down the door. If it can be shown that the image the family displayed has been faked, I’ll revisit my opinion. Nota bene: My image here is a crop of a video still of the displayed image; I did enhance brightness and contrast and added the colored oval. I did not other alter the image.

If I were in Oklahoma, I would now be ineligible for jury duty for any trial related to this. If the lawyer’s assertion of his client’s claims are correct, then she lied about 1) her position, 2) that Crutcher walked up on her, 3) that he raised his hands for no reason, 4) that the window was open, and 5) that he reached into the “open” window.

Viewing the videos show no rational reason to shoot the man. Five statements directly contradicted by the videos, suggest…

Well, I’ll let you decided what the combination of shooting and lying about it suggests.

The hell?

I’m going to give him benefit of the doubt and assume that he broke rule 2 along with the others.

San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy Accidentally Discharges ‘Baby Glock’ Inside Hall of Justice
Sources told NBC Bay Area that Gaines brought the handgun, a 22-caliber “baby” Glock, to work and was apparently not familiar with how it operated. She handed it to Santos and asked him about its use, sources said. The second deputy pointed the weapon at the first deputy and – apparently unaware the weapon was loaded – pulled the trigger. The round missed the her, piercing an equipment storage cabinet, before lodging in the office wall.

Taking that at face value…

That wasn’t an “accidental” discharge. It wasn’t even negligent. He meant to point the gun at a person and pull the trigger. Thank Ghu he demonstrated standard NYPD-style LEO marksmanship.

A “22-caliber ‘baby’ Glock”? Aside from the missing decimal point, what the hell does that mean? I’m not a Glock guy, but isn’t the model 26 (9mm) the one that gets called a baby Glock? If it’s a Glock 22, they’ve got the caliber wrong (I once had a cop come in the store trying to buy “22 bullets” for his “law enforcement gun;” he had a Glock 22 and had no ideqa what ammo it ate, he just put in preloaded mags from the department armory). Huh. Maybe it had the .22 conversion kit.

Only freaking Ones.